Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide
about 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in Rwanda in what came to be known as the Rwanda genocide
About 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in Rwanda in what came to be known as the Rwanda genocide

Today 7th April the world commemorates the deaths of 800,000 people who were murdered during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, central Africa.

Many people around the world hold memorial ceremonies that include candle-lighting and a minute of silence to honor the victims of the Rwanda genocide.

The United Nations (UN) has named April 7 as the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide.

This UN day is also a time for diplomats and key community figures to talk with communities about the atrocities of genocide and the importance of working towards a peaceful way of life. Student conferences, exhibitions, and other commemorative activities are also held.

The Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide is an official UN observance and not a public holiday.

Background

In 1994, in the space of three months, about 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in Rwanda in what came to be known as the Rwanda genocide.

In 1995, the UN called for an outreach program entitled “The Rwanda Genocide and the United Nations” and “to take measures to mobilize civil society for Rwanda genocide victim remembrance and education” to help prevent future acts of genocide.

The Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide has been observed each year since 2004, 10 years after the genocide took place.

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  1. Brenda Namugolo on Facebook   April 7, 2014 at 2:02 pm

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  2. Brenda Namugolo on Facebook   April 7, 2014 at 2:02 pm

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